Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.
©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House
The stories. Awkward teenage-years and lack-of-hookup-skills stories are always entertaining to me. It was also interesting to hear how she got her start with Matt & Ben.
Why do boys take so long to put on their shoes?
Mindy's voice, which is extremely familiar, from the office. When there's a dialogue, Michael does the other voice so that's useful. I did not like that she mentioned pictures that are not included with the audiobook.
I listened to this on a long solo drive down the eastern seaboard and it made the time melt away. Something fresh and new about her approach which I found both entertaining and appealing. The honesty in which she shares her lifestory is engaging, relateable and very funny. She's a smart girl who doesn't play dumb, but uses a natural naivete and interest in pop culture to acheive her interesting brand of humor. I really enjoyed sharing her world for a few hours.
I enjoyed listening to Mindy's little memoir. Well worth the time! It was laugh out funny!
She is very honest and funny. I loved getting the behind the scenes at
It made me laugh out loud at times. Some of the experiences she describes are so relatable and universal.
In the preface, Mindy Kaling warns the reader that this book will not be as funny as Tina Fey's Bossypants. She certainly delivered on that promise.
I've listened to many, *MANY* comedy audiobooks and this was undoubtedly the worst. Most comedy either delivers an interesting take on the mundane or describes comically unique situations. This book shows neither. She reflects on experiences that nearly everyone has had with the most uninspired perspective. What's more, she sounds like a petulant, entitled rich kid, whether she actually was or not. And spoiler alert-- even the titular experience is nothing more than a story about young girls who were friends and sort of grew apart as they realized their interests were changing. Was the experience earth shattering for her? Not really.
While most comics have traversed fairly rough terrain to sharpen their wit, at least in this book, she's described not a single, solitary experience that gives her a unique perspective on the world. There are no high stakes experiences in which the reader is rooting for her. There is also very little evidence of emotional growth. She grew up privileged with happily married parents. True she wasn't the most popular girl, but how many of us really were the popular kids? She attended an excellent school and was very academic. She loved great comedy, and then started her career. Most comics live their comedy. She, by contrast, seems to have studied it, which will always make her a mediocre comedy writer.
The performance was fine. The book was horribly written.
Major disappointment. Frustration that I had wasted a credit.
Honestly, don't waste the money.
Disappointed by this book, it is uninteresting and Kaling seems to be whining throughout the book, annoyingly; rendering me waiting hopelessly for that one laugh that never come, until the very end. Extremely disappointed.
true crime fan
I needed to listen to something a little lighter after finishing The Game of Thrones so I picked this and am so glad I did. I think Mindy Kaling is so freaking funny-totally my kind of humor.
There is not plot to this book, but enjoy it and have a laugh. Mindy Kaling is fun to listen to and get to know!
I loved all of her personal stories (both of growing up and becoming successful) ...I enjoyed less her opinions of movies and celebrities. Mindy is likable and endearing.
I enjoyed Mindy Kaling's character on The Office, and she brings the same exuberance to her book and her performance (although, thank goodness, she does sound smarter as herself than as Kelly Kapoor). I laughed out loud over and over while listening to this. Her performance really makes it entertaining.
"Wonderful easy listen- like listening to a friend"
Hearing about Mindy's childhood and her early career.
I haven't listened to any of her other performances, but I have to say that I love her voice. It's very friendly, happy and so distinctive that I can still hear her narration, even after finishing the book.
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